Eswatini, Niger battle for pride in Manzini

Eswatini, Niger battle for pride in Manzini
Bonginkosi Dlamini of Swaziland during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Namibia and Swaziland at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 16, 2018. 12:00

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Niger will battle for nothing but pride and ranking points when the two countries lock horns at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini on Sunday, in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The two nations are tied on a point apiece in Group J after four rounds fixtures, and have already seen their hopes of reaching next year's showpiece in Cameroon dashed.

Sihlangu Semnikati held Niger to a goalless draw in Niamey last year, with the result the two countries only point thus far.

This weekend's hosts lost 2-0 at home to Tunisia in September before successive defeats to Egypt; a 4-1 loss in Cairo was followed by a 2-0 defeat on home soil in their most recent outing.

Niger have suffered a similar fate with a thumping 6-0 loss away to the Pharaohs the worst of three successive defeats. Menas improved against the Eagles of Carthage, going down 1-0 in Rades before a 2-1 loss in Niamey.

Referee Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall of Mauritius will take charge of the clash.

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